Ramos makes it 20 out of 20 penalties


Real Madrid continue to look remarkably solid as they keep up their relentless march towards the La Liga title.

It seemed a tough ask for Madrid to win all their 11 remaining games in the league following the restart, but Zinedine Zidane’s men have the bit between their teeth and look capable of doing just that.

At San Mamés, one of the toughest grounds in La Liga, the leaders picked up a seventh win in a row as they beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 thanks to a Sergio Ramos converted penalty given for a foul on Marcelo.

The first half finished goalless, but not for lack of trying. The script of the match didn’t change after the break.

There was nothing between the two sides and very little action in either penalty areas until Dani Garcia brought down Marcelo inside the box with 70 minutes gone.

Sergio Ramos has converted all of his last 20 penalties. Picture: Real Madrid. 

The VAR referee called González over, and after going to the monitor to check the incident, he pointed to the penalty spot, to the delight of  Ramos, who stepped up and converted. The captain was on the mark again from 12 yards out and has now scored 20 penalties in a row.

Zinedine Zidane’s side only need to win three of their remaining four games to secure a second La Liga title since 2012.

“Our captain is our leader on the pitch and off it too. He’s a one of a kind, he’s unique and we know what he instils in the rest of them. I’m delighted for him and for this goal because he’s so confident when he steps up to take penalties,” said Zidane.

From the moment the goal was scored until the full-time whistle, the Spanish giants showed why they have conceded the fewest goals in La Liga, restricting Athletic to almost no chances. Madrid even had the opportunity to double the lead in the 88th minute after great link-up play between Benzema and Kroos, but the home goalkeeper came out on top in a one-on-one with the Frenchman.

It was Madrid’s the fourth consecutive match without conceding a goal for the league leaders, who have only conceded twice in the seven matches played since the competition’s restart. There are now just four finals left to play.

Madrid are now on to 77 points after 34 games, seven clear of second-placed Barcelona who visit in-form Villarreal later on Sunday.

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Edited by Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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